Thursday, January 23, 2014

**REVIEW** Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

Release Date:  October 1, 2013
Published By:  Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Length:  320 pages
Review Copy: ARC, Provided by HBG Canada for honest review


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I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.

  I really enjoyed this read.  I had only read the first book in the Beautiful Creatures series (though I own them all) and I have heard so many conflicting things about both books that the successful authors published on their own.  Though I have yet to pick up Icons, I am glad that I picked this on up and did not wait.  Garcia has a wonderful writing style and the story completely captivated me.  The entire book just pulled me in and begged me not to put it down.  Being in school and having things to research did not mesh well with reading this one.

  I don't put much thought normally into the parallels from book to book or show/movie, unless I am trying to give someone an idea of why they might like the read the book or it's a really strong resemblance.  With this book it was right there in the description... The problem with this is I am probably one of the only human beings that hasn't watched Supernatural in awhile and I found it to be nothing like the Da Vinci Code.  So what were we left with?  For me it was something completely fun and original.  Yes I got the brothers and the snark and quirks but to me it was just new and great.  Between the boys, Kennedy coming to terms with everything and everything that was going on, the plot really did keep a steady pace and keep you glued to the pages.  I actually do have a few lingering questions that I can not decide if I missed the answer or if I am maybe the only person that has the thoughts (can't explain because I do want to spoil it).  However, it is to be expected and I think the need to know is one more thing that pulled me through.

  Kennedy has been kept in the dark for her entire life and honestly I could not blame her for one moment for freaking out.  I personally would have lost my mind if I had seen what she saw and then found out what she did.  Did she believe right away...  In a way yes and in a way no but really after what she saw, the truth was really not all that debatable.  However, what I think made her so easily likeable though was that she refused to take crap from anyone no matter what the situation.  This does get her into trouble and occasionally endangers everyone including herself.  Though I was still happy that she never gave up trying, and wanted to be accepted as a part of them because if she had to be with them she didn't want to be useless.  She wasn't always productive but she wasn't a push over and I think that this will be an advantage as she develops throughout the books.

  Now I guess there is a bit of a love triangle going on but I am not really sure how to describe it.  The guys are brothers to start and really one gives her what she needs, while the other is more protective and caring in his own way.  There is also the fact that he also seems to like her/care one minute and then the next he is ignoring her.  Kind of the bad boy thing, while confusing.  Though there is the option of both of these guys, I am not really sure how to classify this as a triangle or say it isn't without being wrong on either account.  I liked the guys and the possibility of romance with one or the other (even if I prefer Jarred) but I would prefer that it continue on only if a horrid triangle doesn't fully form with the twins.  I'm not picky but I think that in this particular case a triangle would take away from the far more interesting paranormal factor that Garcia has written so well.

  With some sort of action or new information around the corner of every chapter, it was easy to not want to put this one down.  There are still many unanswered questions and though I have my speculations, I am eager to get the next book and see how my ideas fair.  This is the type of book that I think many will pick up and easily slip into but some will find irritation in the possibility of the triangle.  However, if you are a paranormal lover and want something fun I would suggest that you pick this one up because it is easy and so much fun to read!!


  I slid to the floor, choking on my tears.
  My mother's head lay against the bed at an awkward angle, her face turned toward me.
  Her eyes were as empty as a doll's.

  I wanted to let the pain fill me up and coat my insides with the armor I needed to make it through this.  I imagined the dome from Lady Day lowering itself over me.
  But instead of glass, mine was made of steel.

  I made my decision when I became more than just a girl with a dead mother   somewhere between girl in the white nightgown, the knives flying, and the cyclone in my hallway.  I was a girl whose mother was taken from her by something supernatural.
  And something evil.


  1. THis is the first positive review I've read for this one. I'm glad you enjoy it!

  2. Yay, I'm glad you enjoyed this one too. This was my first book by Garcia and I'm so glad I picked Uncreakable up. I loved the dark, scary atmosphere in the story. The places the group had togo to find clues and the supernatural elements in them were really got me hooked on tis story. Like you said, Garcia's writing stlye captivated me also. Great review, Tiffany. :)


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